Legendary Sportscaster Dies

By WEEK Sports

October 11, 2010 Updated Oct 11, 2010 at 7:49 PM CDT

Legendary broadcaster and former radio voice of Illinois State Athletics Art Kimball passed away Sunday afternoon, following a lengthy illness. He was 78, and is survived by his wife, Mary Lou.

Kimball served as the radio voice for Redbird football and men’s basketball, as the sports director at WJBC, from 1974-81. Kimball worked alongside ISU head coaches Will Robinson, Gene Smithson and Bob Donewald, as well as Gerry Hart, Charlie Cowdrey and Bob Otolski
Kimball worked as a weekend sports anchor during the 80s at WRAU-TV, now WHOI.
He later did local television broadcasts of ISU events, including Redbird baseball with the late Duffy Bass as his analyst in the late 1990s.

During Illinois stops in Bloomington-Normal, Peru, Ottawa, Peoria and Mendota, and then in Indiana, Kimball did play-by-play for more than half a century - calling more than 3,500 games and touching countless lives. At different points in his career, he owned several radio stations and anchored television sportscasts, including the state basketball championship.

He might be best known statewide for creating and hosting the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Sports Report, which at its height aired on hundreds of radio stations in Illinois. He was a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and in 2008, he was the winner of the first Illinois Broadcasters' Association Pioneer Award.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

article courtesy ISU Sports Information

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